Applying

ICU Graduate School has an admissions system that enrolls students in April (through Autumn Selection and Spring Selection) and September, and the selections are through a document screening of the application documents submitted at the time of application and an interview screening in Japanese and/or English.

Admissions Policy

International Christian University (ICU) has as its principle "to serve God and humankind"; upholds three commitments: international, Christian, and academic; and puts into practice a liberal arts education that crosses academic boundaries.

In accordance with these three commitments, ICU Graduate School (GS) was established with the purpose of further development in both education and research through research in various fields based on academic knowledge cultivated at the undergraduate level. GS is seeking students equipped with independent research and problem-solving skills in addition to specialized knowledge in order to cultivate leaders with a high degree of specialization who will serve as a bridge between Japan and the world based on a bilingual Japanese and English education.

To accept such students, GS has an admissions system that enrolls students in April and September. By closely reviewing application materials submitted in either Japanese or English (document screening) and conducting thorough interviews, GS evaluates and judges applicants' academic qualities, aptitudes, interests, and enthusiasm from multiple angles.

Master's Course

Education and Psychology Program

The Education and Psychology (EP) program asks students to engage with past research and the doings of those who have come before them from all angles; consolidate their own awareness of issues; and think matters through without easily coming to conclusions. EP accepts students who engage in the quest for and application of knowledge in an interdisciplinary manner; maintain a multifaceted point of view; acquire solid and rich specialized knowledge; and have the motivation to contribute to society through creative proposals. This program aims to cultivate students who respect the awareness of issues of various individuals and who spare no effort to complete unique research that only they can conduct.

Public Policy and Social Research Program

In the Public Policy and Social Research (PPSR) program, it is possible to learn research methods and theoretical thinking from a highly international faculty and deepen one's specialized research through stimulating discussions with students from many countries. PPSR is seeking students who confront misunderstandings and prejudices that occur amidst diverse values; who are motivated to challenge themselves to conduct interdisciplinary research based on a global viewpoint; and who try to pursue their specialized research without being constrained by boundaries and while learning from multiple angles. This program offers many courses in English and also aims to improve communication skills using English.

Comparative Culture Program

The Comparative Culture (CC) program is seeking students who can compare and test existing cultural research in diverse fields from a broad point of view and who can independently deepen their learning and research by crossing existing boundaries such as citizenship and culture. CC cultivates people who elevate the learning obtained via the program to a deep understanding of humankind and who fill leadership roles equipped with both foresight regarding the future of humankind and ethics through the unification of a liberal arts spirit and a high level of training in the humanities.

Natural Sciences Program

The Natural Sciences (NS) program actualizes a superior natural science research environment by taking advantage of the characteristics of small group education and through close communication between faculty and students. In addition, by opening the doors to various graduate schools conducting cutting-edge natural science research and providing an optimal research environment through cooperative relationships with universities and research institutes in Japan and abroad, NS enables students to foster specialized abilities as well as practical English abilities. This program is seeking students who do not stop at attainment of specialized knowledge and skills; who acquire a high level of communication skills; and who try to explore paths in the direction of natural science research through involvement with society and with the possibility of making diverse contributions to society.

Doctoral Course

In order to cultivate leaders with an even higher degree of specialization based on a bilingual Japanese and English education, GS's doctoral course is seeking students who are equipped with independent research and problem-solving abilities; independently conduct research as a researcher; have motivation to acquire the rich scholarship that serves as a foundation therefor; actively participate in scholarly activities off campus, such as conferences; and who spare no effort as a researcher.

Admissions Capacity

Master's Course

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Admissions Schedule

Admissions Type
AY2018 April Admission

2AY2018 September Admission Selection

Autumn Selection Spring Selection
Application Period

Online Application System Input Period:
2017/8/15(Tue)10:00(JST)- 8/28(Mon)17:00(JST)

Application documents for submission by postal mail must reach ICU Graduate School by 8/30(Wed)

Online Application System Input Period:
2017/12/1(Fri)10:00(JST) - 12/13(Wed) 17:00(JST)

Application documents for submission by postal mail must reach ICU Graduate School by 12/15(Fri)

Online Application System Input Period:
2018/2/19(Fri)10:00(JST) - 3/14(Wed)17:00(JST)

Application documents for submission by postal mail must reach ICU Graduate School by 3/16(Fri)

(1) Deadline for Online Application System input and deadline for document submission by postal mail are different.
(2)Application documents for submission by postal mail must reach ICU Graduate School by the deadline.

First Screening (Documentary screening) Result Notification

2017/9/28 (Thu) at 11:00 (JST)

2018/2/1 (Thu) at 11:00 (JST)

2018/4/20 (Fri) at 11:00 (JST)

Log in to the Online Application System and check the result available on applicant's personal page.

Second Screening (Interview) Schedule

2017/10/3(Tue)
*Alternate date: 10/7 (Sat), 10/10 (Tue)

2018/2/6(Tue)
*Alternate date: 2/10 (Sat), 2/13 (Tue)

2018/4/24(Tue)
*Alternate date: 4/28 (Sat), 5/1 (Tue)

Log in to the Online Application System and check the date and venue of the second screening on applicant's personal page.
Second Screening may be postponed to the designated alternate date under the decision of ICU.

Decision Notification

2017/10/20 (Fri)
AM11:00(JST)

2018/2/23(Fri)
AM11:00(JST)

2018/5/11(Fri)
AM11:00(JST)

Log in to the Online Application System and check the admissions decision on applicant's personal page. Accepted applicants will later receive a notification of acceptance and entrance procedure documents by postal mail which will be sent to the address applicants registered via online application system.

Admissions Handbook / Designated Forms

*AY2019 Admissions Handbook will be uploaded here in June.

The handbook for applicants applying for Academic Year 2018 ICU Graduate School Admissions is available in PDF. Please click on the link below:

AY2018 Admissions Handbook English

Designated Forms

Online Application System

Please click on the link below to proceed to the Online Application System after reading the latest Admissions Handbook carefully.
URL: https://icu-gs.applyjapan.com/login

Special Provisions for Students Affected by Large-Scale Disaster

Special Provisions for Students Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake & the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

ICU has put in place special provisions for students affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake & the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake and who either plan to or wish to enter ICU in the 2018 academic year. For details, please see the links below.

Please refer to FAQ page for frequently asked questions about admissions. Contact ICU graduate school group (tel: +81 422 33 3231 Email: gsgmail.jpg) should you have any question.

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